A DRIVER who crashed a stolen car at speed and abandoned his fatally-injured friend at the scene has been jailed for two years.
Ryan Small fled then called his mother to help him evade police after causing the death of 23-year-old Luke Goodyear.
Mr Goodyear had been the front seat passenger in the stolen Toyota when Small lost control of the vehicle on North Park Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, on September 20 last year.
Leeds Crown Court heard the vehicle had been stolen in a robbery around a month before the incident - neither Small nor Mr Goodyear were linked to the offence by police.
Small is thought to have been driving at 49mph in a 30mph zone when it span out of control, mounted the kerb and ploughed into a tree.
Witnesses described how Small appeared “hysterical” as he pulled Mr Goodyear from the badly crushed vehicle and told a passer-by: “He’s not breathing.”
Members of the public intervened at the scene as they became concerned about the way Small was “manhandling” Mr Goodyear.
Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said Small “sloped off” as people tried to resuscitate Mr Goodyear at the roadside.
Small went to friend’s house nearby and rang his mother. She was seen in her car a short time later reversing onto the drive of the property as police and paramedics arrived to help Mr Goodyear.
The court heard it is not known whether Goodyear was driven away by his mother or if he fled over a garden fence.
Miss Hancock said Mr Goodyear would have died almost instantly from shock as the collision caused “catastrophic” internal bleeding to his abdomen.
Small, of Gathorne Terrace, Chapeltown, Leeds, handed himself in to police four days later.
He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and causing death while driving uninsured.
Small has 16 previous conviction for 30 offences including driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Richard Clews, mitigating, said: “There is nothing I can say that is going top ease the pain for his (Mr Goodyear’s) family and friends.
“All that the defendant can to in that regard is face up to his responsibilities and acknowledge it, as he does without reservation.”
Jailing Small, judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “The accident was entirely caused by your speed.”